Harnessing energy from plant biomass

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Biofuels derived from renewable plant biomass offer a potential carbon-neutral replacement for current liquid transportation fuels. Progress toward this initiative requires development of new methods to engineer energy crops with the desired chemical composition and physical characteristics, depolymerize lignocellulose to fermentable units, and program microbial metabolism for efficient conversion of sugars to ethanol.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)677-684
Number of pages8
JournalCurrent Opinion in Chemical Biology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2007
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry


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